And take the helmet of salvation…
Ephesians 6 :17a NKJV
The word sõtėriõn used in the Greek for salvation in Ephesians 6 by implication means defence. According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, the original word for salvation—i.e. where the word sõtėriõn is derived from—is Sozo. Sozo’s definitions includes heal, preserve, save, do well, be (make) whole.
The salvation we have as believers in Christ is all encompassing. Your salvation includes healing, wholeness (sound mind), prosperity (doing well) and preservation. It is important to remind ourselves that salvation is FREE which in turn makes ALL these aspects of salvation free as well. It is a gift of God.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2 :8 – 9 NKJV
If you work for or pay for something, it no longer is a gift; it becomes a wage. You do not work to receive salvation, it is made available to everyone by the grace of God (through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross) and you receive it by faith. Someone might at this point quickly jump in and ask: well what about the scripture that says “to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”. While this is a topic for another blog, I would like to put out here the same scripture in a different translation.
“Now you must continue to make this new life fully manifested as you live in the holy awe of God — which brings you trembling into his presence.”
Philippians 2 :12 TPT
It is your responsibility as a believer to utilise this gift you have received.
When you know and understand the full package of salvation, it becomes a defence. It becomes a protection against the darts the enemy throws out there. One of his main darts are lies. The Bible calls the devil the father of lies.
“for he’s full of nothing but lies—lying is his native tongue. He is a master of deception and the father of lies!
John 8 :44c TPT
So, the devil does only what he knows to do which is lying. That’s why you need to protect your head. Your head carries very key features: your EARS, EYES and MOUTH. How these are used determines the kind of life you lead.
The instruction is to take the helmet of salvation. Be mindful of what goes between your ears. For the ears are the gateway to the mind. Is what you are hearing in the salvation package? Are you hearing lies or truth? You are the master of your ears.
The head also carries the eyes. What you see consistently affects the direction you travel. Protect yourself by gazing on the finished work of Christ. The next feature of the head is the mouth. It cannot be over emphasised that the fruit you produce is often a result of what you say. What are you saying even when things don’t seem to work out or when it looks like you are on a downward spiral? Remember that salvation includes healing, preservation and prosperity.
You already have these things if you have Christ so it is time to tap into these benefits by taking up your helmet of salvation.